Urgent (ARC) Acute Referral Clinic

The emergency eye service at Musgrove Park is known as ARC.

Our hours are Monday to Friday 9 Am – 5 Pm (excluding bank holidays).

It is on the ground floor of the Duchess building in South reception.

We are an acute referral service and as such do not provide a walk in  service.

You will be referred to us via your GP, Optometrist, A&E or Minor injuries unit (MIU).  All referrals are triaged by an Ophthalmologist and appointments allocated by the ARC nurses.

If you suffer with a chronic condition that is prone to flare ups you can contact us directly on 01823 344662, like wise you can call this number if you are unsure how to access appropriate care.  This is answered between the hours of 9 am & 5 pm outside of these hours please contact Blake ward on 01823 342023 or call NHS 111 for advice.

In Somerset we are fortunate to have ACES (Acute Community Eye Care Service)  this is free service available to patients who are registered with a GP in Somerset.  This service is provided by optometrists with specialist knowledge and skills.  You can ask your local optician about this.https://nhssomerset.nhs.uk/health/local-services/somerset-acute-eyecare-scheme-aces/


Consultants who work in this service:  On call Ophthalmology Dr

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner ; Simon Adams

ARC lead Nurse ; Emma Sherwood